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Brad William Leal

1954 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Brad William Leal Obituary
BRAD WILLIAM LEAL passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. Brad was born to John and Elizabeth Leal on January 21, 1954. Brad is deeply cherished and lovingly remembered by his life-long companion of thirty-one years, Lizette Bekendam; her three children, Wendy, Becky, and John; seven grandchildren, Breonna, Dylan, Samantha, Alexis, Mikaela, Paige, and Carley (aka: Poppa Brad's "little cheeseburger"). Brad is survived by his brother, John Leal of Corona; sister, Brenda Martin of Porterville; sister, Sonia Leal of Chino; several loving cousins, and a multitude of friends. Brad was a dairyman in Corona for over 40 years. He mostly enjoyed working his land on his John Deere. He enjoyed bowling, cooking, and attending Portuguese Festas and Auctions gathering loaves of masa bread and cheese for his grandchildren. Brad cherished his childhood memories of friends and family, especially the great times of love and laughter with all his Kruidhof Family cousins. There was a warmth to his heart and smile on his face when his "cuz" Dee Dee would regularly bring him fresh baked brownies and Ice Tea out to his tractor when working the fields. For over 25 years, Brad was actively involved as a chairman on multiple boards in the dairy industry to include the So. Dairyman's Association, So. Calif. Producers Council, and Land O Lakes. He was on the Board of Directors for the So. Calif. Environmental Foundation, Chairman for the Leadership Council, Nominating Committee, Leader Development Committee, Credentials Committee, and the "Policy and Resolutions" Committee. On a state level Brad was appointed to the State of California Dept. Of Food and Agriculture Producers Review Board. He also acted as a lobbyist in the House of Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. advocating special interests for the Agricultural Industry. Brad was a man of great character whose judgment, humor, and friendly spirit brought out the finest in those around him. He was known as a man of strong principle and moral value with a keen sense for business and foresight. His hand shake was well known as an honest symbol of trust and guarantee of his word. He is vastly remembered as a person who had the most kind and gentle of spirits. He had this amazing and unique quality of attracting new friends throughout simple daily encounters and the influence of his life upon others is a flame that will forever shine bright. He was a very generous and thoughtful man with a heart of gold. The type of man who would give his shirt off his back for anyone in need. The depths to his caring and selflessness for the sake of others was insurmountable. Brad Leal was a GREAT man. He was loved by so many and will forever be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Loma Linda University Health/ Attn: Office of Philanthropy, PO BOX 2000- Suite H, Loma Linda, CA 92354 http://LLUCH.org (Please specify in memory of Brad Leal.)

Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 22, 2016
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